Dear Family and friends,
When I look back at my journey with Parkinson’s I see a road full of bumps and obstacles to overcome. Even though I wasn’t formally diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease until November 2012, I probably had this disease inside me for 2-3 years earlier. I have learned from this road that if you hit a bump and trip, you have to pick yourself up and keep on walking. That is exactly what I did on February 5, 2019 when I had a procedure at Stanford called DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) surgery. I did this because the road was getting way too bumpy for me.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation surgery? It is a certain type of brain surgery where thin wires (electrodes) are implanted permanently into a specific area of the brain. These electrodes are connected by extension wires under the skin to a small electrical unit called a generator. The generator is similar to a heart pacemaker and is placed under the skin of the chest. It delivers electrical stimulation to the specific area of the brain, in my case the GPI.
Now I will be able to move forward a bit more easily and can count on this brain of mine to do it’s job, (with the help of the DBS generator). I look forward to spending time with Rick, my family and my nine grandchildren. I am making plans to move forward a little more smoothly on my journey with Parkinson’s.
So, I am asking for your financial support for Moving Day Sacramento on May 5, 2019. This is an event organized by the National Parkinson’s Foundation to raise money for research and hope for a cure for this disease. My goal is to raise at least $ 5,000 dollars in support of the Foundation and the great things they do to combat this disease.
Please consider a donation to the National Parkinson’s Foundation and Moving Day 2019. I believe with help from people like you, we can make the road with Parkinson’s a lot more smooth for people like me.
Here are some simple directions for making an online donation:
Google the words “Moving Day Sacramento” and click on the web page and links. Once you are on the web page you will see a link to DONATE. Click on this link and then type in my name (Tina MacDonald) and you can choose to donate to this cause.